China tells Tibet's living Buddhas to apply for reincarnation

China tells Tibet’s living Buddhas to apply for reincarnation

BEIJING (AFP) – Tibetan living Buddhas are no longer allowed to be reincarnated without permission from the atheist Chinese government, state media reported Friday. The new rules are “an important move to institutionalize the management of reincarnation of living Buddhas,” the Xinhua news agency said.

This is, of course, a transparent power grab by the Chinese government. I’m no fan of the PRC government, but this action does show the absurdity of Buddhists reincarnation claims. The sooner this fraudulent practice can be stopped, the better for the awakening of Tibetan Buddhists. After all, isn’t awakening what Buddhists are supposed to be about?

Comments (2 comments)

benno / August 12th, 2007, 6:19 am / #1

how does this show buddhists’ reincarnation claims are absurd then? non-scientific, yes, but then show me a religion that has a provable afterlife claim

BlackSun / August 30th, 2007, 5:51 pm / #2

show me a religion that has a provable afterlife claim

Exactly. The Buddhist “reincarnation” scam was just as political as the PRC intent to stop it. I mean since there’s no proof of reincarnation–even if the Dalai Lama himself declares it–it is in fact a human appointment of a successor. They tried to use their beliefs to justify an arbitrary political process and got called on it. It’s simple power politics on both sides–religion’s a smoke screen that has nothing to do with it.

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